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Black Swan: Control’s dream of Relaxation 

I've been puzzling over an early myth of sacrifice: a kind of coming of age ritual for Athenians. It involves the child born to Athena, or rather born through the surrogate of the earth. Athena, in turn gives a closed basket or box (presumably holding the child) to three young maidens, who are entrusted with …

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In Search of Withdrawing Gods 

I was at the library today, playing detective, tracking down a lead. And I found myself musing on the layers of what I was doing. Someone wrote a book, it was translated, printed, then photographed and copied to microfiche, which I in turn was scanning as digital images, converting to PDF's, saving to the cloud, …

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Strange Beginnings: The Birth of Athena 

One day, according to the stories, Zeus' head was laid open to the light of day. It was split by the surgical strike of an ax, and out stepped Athena, full grown and fully armored. Some suggest that she arrived with a shout, causing the sky and earth to take notice, and by all accounts …

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